So here it is, the official movie post for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Begin basking in 3…2..1…
All along this little journey to The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams and his crew have been dropping one or two bread crumbs at a time. From behind the scene videos to trading cards, the people at LucasFilm are only letting us see what they want us to see, measured doses. So what’s new in this poster? plenty. First off, what’s this thing?
That’s no moon that’s some sort of weapon. But who controls it the good guys or the bad guys?
Besides the behind the scenes video that was released at Star Wars Celebration, this is our first look at Princess Leia and her new hairdo. Notice how she is placed behind Han Solo and both are looking in the same direction. Does this mean that they are a couple or is this what LucasFilm wants us to think.
Standing next to the droids is a new creature. Could this be the alien creature that we see in the second teaser trailer handing a certain Jedi’s light saber to a certain Resistance leader?
Here are our three principal main characters, Kylo Ren, Rey and Finn. Their portraits are larger than all of the other characters. This is most likely due to the fact that the new movie is focused on and revolves around them with Rey front and center. Also, notice that each one of them is holding a weapon. Action poses!
All of the other characters. There are so many secondary characters that I hope their stories don’t fall by the wayside. And finally…
Where’s Luke Skywalker? His absence from the official poster can mean a couple of things. It could be that LucasFilm is saving his reveal for the soon to be released trailer or that he doesn’t have a really big part to play in this movie and the powers that be didn’t want to really promote Luke if Luke doesn’t have a big part. However, Mark Hamill does get second billing so that means that he has to have at least one line in the movie. And that brings us to the credits.
One thing that jumps out from the credit list is that Michael Arndt gets writing credit along with Kasden and Abrams. Arndt was the first writer that was hired for the movie. He was let go and then Kasden and Abrams took over. So either they are being kind and still giving him writing credit or there are elements of Arndt’s that they are keeping.
So what do you think of the poster? Keep in mind that nothing on this poster is an accident. Everything that is on the poster from the size of the element to where it is placed means something.